My parents next moved down into Platte county, Missouri (near Saint Joseph), where we remained for two years. Having there earned sufficient means to purchase a good outfit to come to the Valley, we started for Utah in April, 1851. At Winter Quarters we joined Orson Pratt's company, with James Cummings as captain of one hundred, and Ormus Bates, captain of fifty. A short distance out on the plains we left the old road and went around the Elkhorn, which compelled us to travel about five hundred miles without a road. We had a successful trip, and arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 7, 1851.